Big Picture Science

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Big Picture Science is a one-hour radio show and podcast that connects ideas in surprising and humorous ways to illuminate the origins, the behavior, and the future of life—and  technology—on Earth.

What came before the Big Bang?  How does the brain work? Will our descendents be human or machine?  What’s the origin of humor?  We ponder these questions daily... and expound on them weekly.

But, wait!  There’s more!

Are you a doubting Thomas?  Good.  Join us as we separate science from pseudoscience—and facts from the phony—in Skeptic Check, our monthly episode devoted to critical thinking.

Whether it’s astrology, Bigfoot, or just the incessant onslaught of UFOs, we take it all on, wielding the skeptical scalpel of solid science.

It’s Skeptic Check... but don’t take our word for it!





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Big Picture Science is a weekly one-hour science magazine that connects ideas in surprising and humorous ways to illuminate the origins and evolution of life and technology on this planet… and beyond.


Caption: Skeptic Check: Prog-Not-Stication, Credit: Seth Shostak
From psychics to the Mayan end-of-world prophesy to computer forecasts: who can divine the future?

Bought by KREV-LP and KSJD

  • Added: Mar 05, 2012
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Skeptic Check: Saucer's Apprentice, Credit: Seth Shostak
UFO sightings are as common as flies at a picnic, but proof of visitation is alien – find out why belief persists.

Bought by KTSW 89.9, KSKQ, KMUN, KREV-LP, and KSJD

  • Added: Feb 20, 2012
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Aware am I?, Credit: Seth Shostak
From food to sex to fine art, humans are pleasure-seekers - discover the surprising motivation behind our desires.

Bought by KSJD

  • Added: Feb 13, 2012
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Wired for Thought, Credit: Seth Shostak
A cup of coffee can leave you wired for the day, but a chip in your brain could wire you to a machine forever; the future of brain-machine interfaces.

Bought by KREV-LP, Yellowstone Public Radio, and KUNM

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Skeptic Check: Superstition, Credit: Seth Shostak
From fears of Friday the 13th to shattered mirrors - find out why our brains are wired for supernatural belief.

Bought by KPIK-LP, KREV-LP, and WRST-FM Oshkosh

  • Added: Dec 26, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Sensor Sensibility, Credit: Seth Shostak
“Ubiquitous sensing” aims to blanket the world in tiny sensors, the out-of-this world detection system that discovered a possibly Earth-like planet...

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and KREV-LP

  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Science's Alliances, Credit: Seth Shostak
A particle physicist-turned-U.S. Congressman, Muppets teach toddlers engineering, and other unique science pairings.

Bought by KREV-LP

  • Added: Dec 05, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Skeptic Check: Dubiology, Credit: Seth Shostak
From earthquake-predicting cats to dangerous "pox parties" - instances of questionable biology and the history of American scientific literacy.

Bought by WVTF and KREV-LP

  • Added: Nov 28, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: We've Got You Made, Credit: Seth Shostak
Computers are not only a part of your life, they may soon be a part of you - We’ll hear from the world’s first cyborg as to why we should make nice...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: NASA or What?, Credit: Seth Shostak
NASA in motion: the GRAIL mission takes us back to the moon, and – can you dig it? The rover Curiosity can. It’ll hunt for evidence of Martian lif...

Bought by KZUM

  • Added: Nov 07, 2011
  • Length: 54:01
  • Purchases: 1